WFISD Considering Changes to Choice Program

The Wichita Falls Independent School District's is looking into possible changes to its ever-popular Choice program.

WFISD Board Member Bob Payton says the Choice program is ingrained in the community and they don't want to get rid of it but they say modifications need to happen to make sure the program continues working for students and the administration.

Payton says some WFISD school campuses are drastically over-populated.

He says possible changes to the program's policy includes getting rid of a waiting list and approving transfers based on a school's operating capacity instead of its maximum capacity.

In addition, Payton says they are considering attendance zones.

He says the zones would eliminate a lot of people from having to make a choice because if they live in the attendance zone and they want to go to a school in that zone, it won't require any action at all.

"We do want to make it a simpler administrative process," Payton says. "We want to make it more vertically aligned for our secondary students and we think there's a lot of good things that we can do with the policy by just starting from scratch and redoing it." 

Payton says if changes are made, they will go into effect in the 2015-2016 school year.

Also, at the school board meeting, the board reviewed results from the first year of the Read to Learn program. 

Volunteers were teamed up with second graders at eight schools who were reading below grade level and read with them a few times a week.

School officials say the first year of the program has been extremely successful at increasing a student's reading grade level.

They expect the second year to be even better.

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